Nancy Pelosi accidentally referred to Wisconsin GOP senator Ron Johnson as "Don" Johnson during a press briefing, causing those present (and pretty much all of the internet) to enjoy a little Miami Vice themed chuckle.
The flub, which Pelosi corrected after she had a laugh herself, came as she was going over the Republican response to the Jan 6 insurrection at Capitol Hill. Pelosi was trying to say that she believed Senator Johnson was taking the lead for the GOP.
It didn't exactly come out that way.
House Speaker Pelosi accidentally calls Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) “Don Johnson” of Miami Vice. Pelosi says Johnson “… https://t.co/24WTtE5zWJ— The Recount (@The Recount)1614270014.0
Pelosi's eventual comment on Johnson:
"Ron Johnson seems to be taking the lead on what the scope would be of how we look at protecting our country from domestic terrorism."
The Wisconsin GOP Senator is Ron Johnson. Ron Johnson appears to be taking the lead as far as Pelosi can tell.
This guy is Don Johnson.
Don Johnson is not leading the Republican response on anything as far as we know.
Don Johnson is busy co-starring in the new sitcom Kenan with SNL alum Kenan Thompson.
Twitter kind of loved this.
Pelosi just accidentally called Ron Johnson “Don Johnson.” she quickly realized she had his name wrong, and we reminded her it was Ron.— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman)1614269369.0
@JakeSherman Senator Don Johnson would be an upgrade extraordinaire. https://t.co/cYsdXhg1kt— 🇺🇸Catherine WEEK 6! #PresBidenVPHarris 🥁 (@🇺🇸Catherine WEEK 6! #PresBidenVPHarris 🥁)1614271777.0
Just so we're clear... Don Johnson: fights crime, wears pastels Ron Johnson: rationalizes crime, undermines democra… https://t.co/X9d96Tpzhk— Julie Cohen (@Julie Cohen)1614273405.0
I rather have Don Johnson as our Senator. He is at least cool. https://t.co/Z5esWiC4a5— Some Guy Named Dan (@Some Guy Named Dan)1614270602.0
To be fair, Don Johnson would be better at Ron Johnson’s job than Ron Johnson so maybe Pelosi is onto something here.— laney (@laney)1614270624.0
Just so we're all clear: Ron Johnson Don Johnson https://t.co/GiOIMHEzTG— RIP GOP Hello GQP 🌎 ☮️ ❤️🤍💙🇺🇸 (@RIP GOP Hello GQP 🌎 ☮️ ❤️🤍💙🇺🇸)1614284469.0
I for one am enjoying the small Don Johnson Renaissance. https://t.co/Jm9YBUdRmT— Hannah M. Weaver (@Hannah M. Weaver)1613966055.0
Speaker Pelosi calling Ron Johnson Don Johnson was a moment of levity. “Not Miami Vice” https://t.co/Eo8qImr6vo— 🇺🇸Catherine WEEK 6! #PresBidenVPHarris 🥁 (@🇺🇸Catherine WEEK 6! #PresBidenVPHarris 🥁)1614269856.0
But Twitter ALSO wasn't so sure this was an accident.
Pelosi is known for her biting wit and champion-level shade throwing. Many outlets are reporting the incident as Pelosi purposefully mocking Ron Johnson.
Some people completely agree.
LOLOLOLOL. @SpeakerPelosi just called Russian Ron, "Don Johnson". "What is his name again?" I am here for that kin… https://t.co/E0wpq5VXcw— Donna (@Donna)1614269423.0
Nancy Pelosi is the QUEEN of SHADE! 😎 She calls the idiot Ron Johnson ...Don Johnson...then asks..”what’s his name… https://t.co/YVSsLpMaRr— 🐾Angie K 💙🔬🧫 (@🐾Angie K 💙🔬🧫)1614284518.0
I don’t think Nancy does anything by accident 🤔 https://t.co/v4HOLB7mao— Ann is NOT a documented Russian troll ♥️ (@Ann is NOT a documented Russian troll ♥️)1614336005.0
Nancy Pelosi, in her weekly press conference, just said "Is it Don Johnson, what's his name, Ron, Don?" about Senat… https://t.co/gUBeNPUykc— Sarah Stierch (@Sarah Stierch)1614269499.0
Do you think this was a slip of the tongue?
Or was this certified shade?